Natalia Melcer, Jokulsarlon, Water Works 2017

This exhibition is currently on display at the Annapolis Maritime Museum until  October 28

Introducing Water Works:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 2nd annual Water Works competition. Any original 2-D work in which water is depicted as the primary force, object, or consequence is eligible. Works selected will be on exhibit at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, Maryland from September 22 to October 30, 2016. The exhibition chair is Evelyne Albanese.

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Patrick M. Craig is Associate Professor, teacher of painting and drawing at the University of Maryland. His gallery representations have included Gallery Plan B and Gallery K, Washington D.C., Gallery B.A.I. in New York City, and in Barcelona, Spain and Gallery ARS LONGA in Milanowek, Poland. His artworks reside in numerous collections such as The Sidney and Frances Lewis Collection, the Washington Convention Arts Center, George Mason and George Washington Universities, plus in the corporate collections of IBM, KPMG, The Washington Post and others. He work has been featured in galleries, museums and art centers throughout the U.S., including Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Chrysler Museum, St. Lawrence University and Marin MOCA, among others. He also exhibited throughout Europe and Japan and the United Arab Emirates at the Forum Artis Museum – Montese Contemporary Art, Modena, Italy, the Saitama Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, and the Washington/Moscow Artists Exchange at the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow where he traveled as a featured artist. He also traveled as an invited artist to the United Arab Emerites’ first group exhibition of American art at the Sharjah Museum. Craig has received several fellowships including the Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 1989, 1992, 1997 and 2000.

Juror’s Statement

The mythic subject of water addresses an abundant range of artistic interests. Our flesh and body demand water to sustain our very existence. It overwhelms most of our planet. Water pours forth in consumption, agriculture, weather, hygiene, transport, recreation, romance, and in birth and death. It lives in our imagination as mystery, pleasure, terror, and contemplative musing. It is both beauty and beast. As a force of nature, water surrounds us on all margins. It floods, pours, drenches, whips, and waves as it incessantly streams into our lives. As white, blue, green, brown, grey and red, water is a moody chameleon of mist, fluid and ice. Our art often expresses this well-founded poetic fascination owing to its essential yet boundless identity; and this exhibition broadly limns its ubiquitous character and delightfully diverse themes.


Coming Soon

*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

May 18 Online entry opens for submissions.
July 18 Deadline for entries
By Aug. 17 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Sept. 13-17 Shipped work must arrive at Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403
Sept. 21 First day of exhibition
Oct. 1 3-5 p.m. Reception. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 28 Last day of exhibition
Oct. 29 
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pick up artwork at Annapolis Maritime Museum (no early pick up for any reason). There is a $10 fee for any late pick up
Oct. 30 Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of artwork:
    • Artist Name
    • Address, phone number and email
    • Title of the work, medium and price. Be specific with medium descriptions (e.g., oil on hardboard or canvas, not oil; chromogenic print or archival ink jet print, not photography or digital print; oil pastel on paper, not pastel; etc.)
  • Work must arrive on scheduled dates.
  • Paintings must be dry.
  • Measure to ensure work meets size limitations before delivery, include outer edges of frames. Work not in compliance will not be exhibited. No exceptions.
  • All shipped work must include a bar-coded shipping label. Do not send by United States Postal Service (USPS). We prefer UPS but accept FedEx. No shipping peanuts allowed.
  • Please affix packing/repacking instructions to OUTSIDE of shipping box.
  • Tips on shipping can be viewed on the RedDotBlog

Pickup and Storage

Pickup and Storage

  • When the exhibit ends, unless specified otherwise, you may pick up your work no earlier than 3:00 pm on the closing day of the exhibit.
  • You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 per piece, per week. Work left in storage longer than two (2) months shall become MFA property and may be disposed of, or used for fundraising purposes. There are no exceptions.



All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, the MFA will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.



  • All work entered into any exhibition must be for sale unless prior agreements are made, and marked either with a price or POR for Price On Request.
  • The MFA will retain 30% from all sales
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by the MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by the MFA with costs collected from buyer. Buyers will be asked if the work may be retained until the exhibit ends. If the buyer disagrees, the Gallery will let the work go, and the artist will be informed.
  • The MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from the MFA within three months. All donations are used to help defray operating costs of the Maryland Federation of Art and are tax-deductible by the artists to the full extent of the law.